According to a post over at EcoGeek, a company called Sunrgi is working to release hyper efficient, cheap solar options by minimizing the amount of photovotaic paneling needed and instead focusing on concentrating the sun's energy:
"Basically they use a magnifying glass to concentrate the power of the sun 1600 times onto a tiny square of the most efficient photovoltaic material on the planet. While others are concentrating on bringing the price of the panels down (along with efficiency), Sunrgi actually uses panels from Spectrolab, which are three times more efficient than the cheap panels being produced by NanoSolar...
...By using such a small amount of photovoltaic material, and such a large amount of cheap magnifying glasses, Sunrgi says that their system should be extremely inexpensive. In fact, they're saying that, in sunny climates, it will be sold for around $0.05 per kilowatt, about the cost of coal. They already have demonstration units running and hope to be selling their first units (to utilities and large businesses) in twelve to fifteen months."
What a concept - minimize the expensive stuff and maximize the cheap stuff...awesome!
Edited by deej - Thu, 01 May 2008 03:02:53 GMT